Camelot Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Clayton Heathcock & Cheri Hadley Puppy Health Record (Chloe)
September 12, 1998 [5 weeks] (piperazine) (no worms found)September 19, 1998 [6 weeks] (piperazine) (no worms found) Vaccinations:
September 26, 1998 [7 weeks] (Vanguard 5, DA2P+CPV, modified live) October 17, 1998 [10 weeks] (Vanguard 5, DA2P+CPV, modified live) November 5, 1998 [13 weeks] (Vanguard 5, DA2P+CPV, modified live) Recommendation: We recommend one more vaccination with a combination vaccine that
includes modified live parvovirus, distemper, canine adenovirus-2, and canine parainfluenzaat 15 weeks of age. In addition, your puppy must be vaccinated for rabies after 16 weeks of age (California law). Most veterinarians recommend that puppies be vaccinated againstkennel cough (canine infectious tracheobronchitis, caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica). Kennel cough is not a very serious disease, being somewhat akin to a bad cold. However, it is highly contagious and the vaccination is simple and does not seem to have associated sidereactions, so it is probably a good idea. Most kennels require bordetella vaccination.
Until recently, it was common practice to vaccinate also against leptospirosis and caninecoronavirus. The UC Davis Veterinary School has recently informed veterinatians that coronavirus has been eliminated in the Western United States. The commercialleptospirosis vaccine only provides protection against one or two strains of the virus, and There is a growing concern that we are overstimulating the immune systems of puppies by challenging them with so many different antigens in the same short period of time. With ourown dogs, we do not vaccinate for leptospirosis or coronavirus. Our reasons for omitting these two vaccinations, which are still recommended by some vets are: 1. These pathogens are rare and apparently not present in the Western United States.
2. Although leptospirosis and coronavirus infections can be fairly serious, they are not often life-threatening, as is the case with parvo and distemper.
3. There is strong evidence that most allergic responses to vaccination are caused by the Boosters: It is recommended that your dog have boosters for parvovirus, distemper, canine
adenovirus-2, canine parainfluenza, and rabies at 16 months of age and every three years
thereafter (this is the schedule of DHPP vaccinations recommended by the UC Davis andColorado State Veterinary Schools; the rabies schedule is mandated by state law).
Heartworm Medication: We recommend that you ask your vet to prescribe heartworm
medication for your puppy. We use the monthly Heartgard treatment for our own dogs and
have had good luck with that. A related product, named Interceptor, is also available. These medications are both based on the drug ivermectin, which also protects againstroundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
Additional treatments that Chloe has received: At 5 weeks, benedryl to counteract reactions to two separate bee stings Beginning at 8 weeks and 10 weeks, 7-day treatments with Clavamox for a probable follicular staph infection (on the top of her head) At 10 weeks, 9 days of BNP ointment for conjunctivitis followed by 9 days ofBNP/cortisone ointment At 11.5 weeks, removal of lower puppy canines


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